Operation Dynamo

3 days / 2 nights

From only £183pp

Overview

3 days / 2 nights From only £183pp

In Spring 1940 over 350,000 troops were miraculously evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk after being stranded as a result of Hitler’s Blitzkrieg strategy. This poignant but hugely educational tour examines the ‘Operation Dynamo’ campaign, exploring former battleground sites and the memorials that act as a reminder of the many who perished. The area also offers a chance to study the development of German military technology, including the construction of almost impenetrable bunkers, ‘doodlebug’ rockets, and superguns.

Curriculum focus

  • AQA GCSE B: Britain at War & British people in War
  • Edexcel GCSE A: The impact of war in Britain 1914-1955

What's included in the trip?

  • Executive coach travel
  • Use of the coach during the tour
  • Return ferry crossing via Dover / Calais
  • Accommodation on a B&B basis
  • Multi-bedded rooms for students
  • Single/twin rooms for leaders
  • Free itinerary planning and visits booking service
  • Comprehensive travel pack
  • 1:10 leader place ratio

Sample itinerary

  • Day 1

    Travel to Dunkirk. Guided ‘Beach Battle Damage Study’ tour. Visit Operation Dynamo Museum. Evening meal, overnight in Dunkirk area.

  • Day 2

    Visit to Cassel, (important strategic centre during evacuation) and Esquelbec (site of infamous massacre of British pOWs by SS troops). Visit to Battery Todt and the Atlantic Wall to examine military development during the war. Here students take a guided tour to learn about the scale of the Nazi’s war technology and the threat to Britain. The Battery Todd bunker now houses a fascinating collection of WWII memorabilia, including a supergun. Evening meal and overnight accommodation.

  • Day 3

    Visit to Calais War Museum, in the former HQ of the German Navy, depicting life in the important port during the Siege of Calais 1940 to 1944. return to the UK.

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